Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Hunterian Art Gallery boasts one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland with works ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to the Scottish Colourists and Glasgow Boys. It also features an outdoor sculpture courtyard with a small display of modern works by British artists, one of the world’s best collections of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House.
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  • Bernadette G
    Yucaipa, California89 contributions
    Amazing collections!
    I knew I wanted to see the Antonine wall exhibit, but we really had a good time viewing the other collections; the medical equipment, the fossils...what a great eclectic bunch of exhibits. We also had a lovely time with the museum docent, she really helped enhance our visit.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 23 December 2022
  • bienenbub
    Ottawa, Canada24 contributions
    A good permanent collection, especially of Whistlers.
    A good and bright gallery. The show that was running (apart from the permanent collection that was on display) was of carpets in the university library system and library design. It was a mix of weird, creepy and interesting. Really rather "artsy", with acoustically loud bits that seemed unnecessarily inserted? Anyway, the main collection is nice and worth a look. Too bad the MacDonald house is an extra charge, because all Glasgow's museums seem to be free. Oh well.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 January 2023
  • keefyisback
    London, United Kingdom195 contributions
    absolute gem espcially the Charles Rennie Macintosh House
    the gallery would have been excellent withoutout the original house inside the purpose built outer shell but there is so much to see. there are more Whsitelers than i have ever seen in one pace and neatly displayed and set with other paintings to highlight points being made. Colourists and some masters plus exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable staff.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 7 February 2023
  • WittyNeal
    8 contributions
    Great art in a University setting it took .e back to my student days.
    We arrived and wanted a coffee, so we're pointed back down to the university style cafe in the grounds and it was pleasant enough as the sweet treats and drinks weren't too expensive, in a student vibe cafe quick basic service. Back to the gallery refreshed we looked around the gallery space and enjoyed it, although you have to use the printed booklets if you can one to decipher the artworks which was quite fiddly. Other than that it was a worthwhile visit with quite a few paintings to look at and the museum of sciences was there too. All in all it was in a fantastic setting if you want to connect the dots.and visit the other parts of the museum all together it takes up the best part of a day. We took a taxi there but then walked back into the town centre so you can do it if you don't mind a long walk as the architecture alone is worth looking at. Definitely worth putting it on your list of enlightened things to do in Glasgow.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Mary M
    Exeter, United Kingdom64 contributions
    Lovely gallery space
    As well as the Mackintosh House, this lovely gallery houses some of my favourite portraits and Whistler paintings. Bus stops right outside. No cafe though, so if you are in need of sustenance, pop across the road to the University Postgraduate Centre which has a sweet little cafe open to all.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • 516rachela
    Glasgow, United Kingdom145 contributions
    Well worth a wander round
    I really enjoyed visiting this gallery. I have mixed views on the "experimental" approach to displaying the art. I didn't enjoy the first room so much, the booklets provided didn't seem to match what I could see and while I could see the logic behind not displaying the information, I personally found this a barrier to the experience. I thought the "pairing" room, where art was displayed with a partner, was really interesting and I feel I learned a lot from the information on display. Efforts made to challenge our assumptions about what makes "good" art, which was really refreshing. My suggestion would be that the information was quite small so a larger text would be helpful. Some rooms had benches but others didn't. A staff member very kindly got me a portable chair- which are great but not the easiest to manoeuvre around as you walk so more benches please! :) I was asked to use the lockers for my bag, which I was fine with, but had to ask for help with unlocking it and I don't think I'm alone in finding them confusing- better instructions for the lockers are needed. Toilets are available by the lockers, which can be accessed on the lower floor by lift or stairs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,023 contributions
    Amazing Gift Shop
    Unfortunately, we arrived at the gallery too late to enjoy the extensive collection. But we were able to peruse the gift shop, and wow, were we impressed. They have numerous unique items and we purchased a beautiful Mackintosh stained glass piece, which is now proudly displayed in our home.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • mw_bourne
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Worthwhile, but....
    A return visit. Would still recommend the gallery and especially Mackintosh House. However, sadly fewer Whistlers are now displayed than previously and painting labels (which are not sadly included in first two rooms) have a very small type face making them hard to read, especially given lighting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Susan R
    19 contributions
    Mixed
    This is a mixed review - maximum stars for the lovely staff and the Mackintosh section, which is a must-see and beautifully done. Low stars for the rest. Like other reviewers, I find it exasperating to have to bend down and peer at labels. But that seems to be the fashion these days. I was expecting to see more than 2 Whistlers, which was disappointing. And, in the end, I don't want to be lectured about white male painters and empty frames blah blah. But, again, I guess that's the fashion these days and boring middle class old people have to just sack it up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK3,957 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A great art gallery

The collection is very well presented in a lively and creative way

The Mackintosh house is amazing and a must see even though there is a charge for that part of the museum
Written 2 December 2023
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Susan R
19 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a mixed review - maximum stars for the lovely staff and the Mackintosh section, which is a must-see and beautifully done.
Low stars for the rest.
Like other reviewers, I find it exasperating to have to bend down and peer at labels. But that seems to be the fashion these days.
I was expecting to see more than 2 Whistlers, which was disappointing.
And, in the end, I don't want to be lectured about white male painters and empty frames blah blah. But, again, I guess that's the fashion these days and boring middle class old people have to just sack it up.
Written 15 September 2023
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Alpaca19
Home Counties286 contributions
Jul 2023
Interesting art collection with a few standout pieces. But the display is absolutely maddening: the labels next to each piece are printed in a small font in a pale colour, on a background colour that mirrors the wall colour, so that they are nearly impossible to read. On our visit, each room had about a half dozen visitors, and all of us had our faces about an inch away from the labels, peering and squinting and trying to read them. This is just ridiculous - Hunterian, please improve the labelling.
Written 15 August 2023
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mw_bourne
Cheltenham, UK24 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
A return visit. Would still recommend the gallery and especially Mackintosh House. However, sadly fewer Whistlers are now displayed than previously and painting labels (which are not sadly included in first two rooms) have a very small type face making them hard to read, especially given lighting.
Written 14 August 2023
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL1,023 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, we arrived at the gallery too late to enjoy the extensive collection. But we were able to peruse the gift shop, and wow, were we impressed. They have numerous unique items and we purchased a beautiful Mackintosh stained glass piece, which is now proudly displayed in our home.
Written 7 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

516rachela
Glasgow, UK145 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed visiting this gallery. I have mixed views on the "experimental" approach to displaying the art. I didn't enjoy the first room so much, the booklets provided didn't seem to match what I could see and while I could see the logic behind not displaying the information, I personally found this a barrier to the experience. I thought the "pairing" room, where art was displayed with a partner, was really interesting and I feel I learned a lot from the information on display. Efforts made to challenge our assumptions about what makes "good" art, which was really refreshing.
My suggestion would be that the information was quite small so a larger text would be helpful. Some rooms had benches but others didn't. A staff member very kindly got me a portable chair- which are great but not the easiest to manoeuvre around as you walk so more benches please! :) I was asked to use the lockers for my bag, which I was fine with, but had to ask for help with unlocking it and I don't think I'm alone in finding them confusing- better instructions for the lockers are needed. Toilets are available by the lockers, which can be accessed on the lower floor by lift or stairs.
Written 15 July 2023
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Karen S
6 contributions
Jun 2023
This museum was a little hard to find - but worth the effort. I loved the exhibit on the Roman Antonine Wall ! ! ! It was amazing. Or, would have been if I could have enjoyed it leisurely. Unfortunately, it was so hot in the gallery that it almost made me faint.
I am downgrading my rating because the really poor temperature regulation. Perhaps this is unfair, with an old building on a hot, muggy day. But it has to be said. Maybe a fan or two circulating a bit of air could be arranged?
Written 19 June 2023
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Joe W
4 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Mackintosh house was stunning.

Original furniture surrounded by a replication of the rooms, paint, wallpaper, etc gave us a sense of this incredible couple at home. Staff were very helpful in sharing tidbits of information too!
Written 26 May 2023
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Mary M
Exeter, UK64 contributions
May 2023
As well as the Mackintosh House, this lovely gallery houses some of my favourite portraits and Whistler paintings. Bus stops right outside. No cafe though, so if you are in need of sustenance, pop across the road to the University Postgraduate Centre which has a sweet little cafe open to all.
Written 19 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WittyNeal
8 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We arrived and wanted a coffee, so we're pointed back down to the university style cafe in the grounds and it was pleasant enough as the sweet treats and drinks weren't too expensive, in a student vibe cafe quick basic service. Back to the gallery refreshed we looked around the gallery space and enjoyed it, although you have to use the printed booklets if you can one to decipher the artworks which was quite fiddly. Other than that it was a worthwhile visit with quite a few paintings to look at and the museum of sciences was there too. All in all it was in a fantastic setting if you want to connect the dots.and visit the other parts of the museum all together it takes up the best part of a day. We took a taxi there but then walked back into the town centre so you can do it if you don't mind a long walk as the architecture alone is worth looking at. Definitely worth putting it on your list of enlightened things to do in Glasgow.
Written 7 May 2023
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